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The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is waiting for an official explanation about Crimean Tatars from the Russian Federation.
According to a statement from the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry is requesting that the Russian Consul General at Simferopol Vladimir Andreyev correct his offensive statements regarding the Crimean Tatar people.
The High Consultant of the Russian Federation Embassy in Kiev, Viktor Lihachov, was called to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, and notified of the ministry’s concerns that Russian Consul General at Simferopol Vladimir Andreyev has used inappropriate statements regarding the Crimean Tatar people.
The Ministry expressed to the representative of the Russian Embassy that the Crimean Tatar people are an integral part of the multi-ethnic Ukrainian state.
They also reminded that the “Refugees and Rights of National Minorities Restoration Agreement,” signed and approved by Russia on October 9, 1992 in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), was still in effect.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that the official position of the Russian Federation is therefore determined not by the ideas of the Russian consular agent, but by the signed agreement.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs furthermore expressed their hope that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administration would evaluate Andreyev's offensive comments in order to announce Russia's official position and repair professional diplomat activities.
Russian Consul General Vladimir Andreyev had said that Haytarma, the first Crimean Tatar film about their deportation during Stalin’s rule, was an inaccurate distortion of history. He also stated that it was clear that the Crimean Tatars had committed treason during World War II and that this was the official position of the Russian Federation.Last Mod: 24 Mayıs 2013, 11:25